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Lapwai in Nez Perce County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)

Lapwai Mission

Lapwai Mission Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, May 6, 2018
1. Lapwai Mission Marker
Inscription.  Henry Harmon Spalding established Idaho’s earliest mission near here, Nov. 29, 1836, at a site chosen by the Nez Perce Indians.
Ever since they met Lewis and Clark in 1805-6, the Nez Perce had wanted to find out more about the white mans ways. In 1831 a Nez Perce delegation went all the way to St. Louis, where they saw Clark again and asked for teachers. Spalding came west to answer their call: with Indian help, a house and assembly hall were built in 24 days, and in two months Mrs. Spalding started a mission school. In 1838 the mission was moved north to the Clearwater.
Erected by Idaho Society of Professional Land Surveyors. (Marker Number 112.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & ReligionNative AmericansSettlements & SettlersWomen. In addition, it is included in the Idaho State Historical Society series list. A significant historical date for this entry is November 29, 1836.
Location. 46° 25.035′ N, 116° 48.162′ W. Marker is in Lapwai, Idaho, in Nez Perce County
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. Marker is at the intersection of U.S. 95 at milepost 300 and South Tom Beall, on the right when traveling north on U.S. 95. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lapwai ID 83540, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Watson's Store (approx. 2.2 miles away); Spalding’s Presbyterian Church (approx. 2.2 miles away); Coming of the Railroad (approx. 2.3 miles away); Indian Agent's Residence (approx. 2.3 miles away); Nez Perce Village Site (approx. 2.3 miles away); Bredell Family Cemetery (approx. 2.3 miles away); Rev. Henry Harmon Spalding (approx. 2.3 miles away); Lapwai Mission Cemetery (approx. 2.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lapwai.
Credits. This page was last revised on August 13, 2018. It was originally submitted on August 13, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 282 times since then and 93 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on August 13, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.

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